Emeryville, California-based Jamba Inc. — which owns and franchises Jamba Juice stores — plans to relocate its headquarters to Frisco’s Hall Office Park, bringing more than 100 corporate jobs to North Texas. Jamba has signed a lease for about 25,000 sq feet of office space, which will include about 19,000 sq feet of office and meeting space, as well as a roughly 6,000-square-foot test kitchen and retail store front. The new corporate office, called the, “Jamba Whirl’d Center,” will house Jamba’s operations, sales and marketing, business development, finance, supply chain, human resources and technology departments. The company’s California lease expires at the end of 2016, so the move will be accomplished by then.
By the end of June 2016, Google Earth will receive a huge upgrade. The mapping service will begin using images from a newer NASA satellite to produce crisper and clearer pictures. Google says the higher quality images will be possible because of sensors in Landsat 8, a satellite that launched in 2013, and “new processing techniques.” Landsat 8 can take pictures with a lot more detail, a lot more frequently, Google reports. That means Google will have access to twice as many images that are much more recent. Google can then piece together the best ones to formulate its maps. The extra details mean that users should see more subtleties in landscapes, and become more aware of changes over time.
In 2015, the Dallas-Fort Worth area had the second-highest residential construction total of any U.S. market, according to data released in May 2016 from the U.S. Census Bureau. Builders filed permits for more than 57,000 D-FW homes, apartments, condos and townhouses. Only New York City – with 86,424 building permits – had more residential construction last year. In the D-FW area, slightly more than half of the building permits recorded in 2015 were for single-family homes. The rest went for new apartments. Two other Texas cities made the top-10 building list – Houston and Austin.
Fieldhouse USA is expanding its longtime presence in Frisco by bringing its second U.S. indoor sports facility to Grapevine Mills mall in early 2017. The indoor sports facility will bring youth and adult sport leagues and tournaments to the area. FieldhouseUSA is a league, event and tournament-based indoor sports facility projected to draw more than 1.6 million visitors annually to the new location. The 106,000-square-foot facility will feature nine basketball courts and nine volleyball courts offering league play in basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer. FieldhouseUSA also offers programs for performance training, all-sports camps, baseball/softball, birthday parties, boot camps, cheerleading, club volleyball, corporate events, dodge ball, lock-ins, skills training, taekwondo and tumble.
“Dancing With The Stars” cast members, Maksim “Maks” and Valentin “Val” Chmerkovskiy have opened the Dance With Me studio in Southlake. It became the first studio the owners opened outside of the New York City area. The dance studio teaches all types of ballroom and Latin dances in both American and international styles for couples, groups and individuals.
Independence Fest 2016 in Flower Mound is presented by Market Street, and will be headlined by the musical group “Loverboy.” Independence Fest 2016 will also see a performance from the group Le Freak, plus a vintage car show, and a showcase of local businesses, with fireworks as the closing celebration of the July 4th event. Other area fireworks displays include Kaboom Town in Addison on July 3rd and Willie Nelson’s July 4th picnic in Fort Worth.